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Dark pool for college kids?

US startup bets on an unusual market; investor advocates voice concerns about platform.

MR WEERESINGHE: The CEO views inexpensive investing as a way to help clients pay off school loans. "The whole idea was to democratise the wealth," Mr Weeresinghe said. "The younger generation is much more adventurous."

WALL Street pros have dived headlong into dark pools, exclusive private exchanges where they can trade stocks with one another in secret. Now comes an entrepreneur with a new twist: a dark pool for the masses, especially young investors.

Call it a kiddie pool. Jumping into this pool takes...

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